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Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'

Globe thistle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (44000)

Plant details

The prickly, grey-green leaves and powder-blue pompon flowers of this variety of globe thistle make it a striking architectural plant for the back of a summer border. It also works well planted in drifts in a wild garden. The flowers attract large numbers of bees, butterflies and other insects, and can be dried for winter decoration if cut while immature. Lift and divide overcrowded groups in autumn or spring.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Echinops

Species: bannaticus

Cultivar: Taplow Blue

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

Time to divide plants: September to May

Flowering period: July to August

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